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Daniels hopes to return before All-Star 01.22.10 at 7:24 pm ET
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BOSTON — Marquis Daniels has not been told a definitive date, but he hopes to return to action prior to the All-Star Break.

Daniels has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in December. He had the hard cast removed on Thursday and will wear a soft cast while he continues his rehab.

His return depends on when he can regain a full range of motion in his thumb.

“Right now it’s not really painful, it’s just stiff,” he said before the Celtics – Trail Blazers game, adding, “[My return] could be earlier. It just depends on how my body reacts to it.”

Daniels expects to practice in a week or so. In the meantime, he is just happy to see the hard cast gone.

“It’s very relieving,” he said. “No more tying my hand up to take a shower, tying my shoe, all the small things. “

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Daniels tweets cast removed at 11:37 am ET
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Marquis Daniels tweeted Friday morning that he had the hard cast taken off of his left hand. He will receive a soft cast to continue his rehab.

@lambo6: “Thanks to my higher power my good LORD n Saviour on that note Got my cast off one step closer to gettn back, so excited.”

Daniels underwent surgery in December to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to return around the All-Star Break in February.

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Jim O’Brien on Marquis Daniels, Paul Pierce 12.22.09 at 7:41 pm ET
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Indiana Pacer coach Jim O’Brien is as familiar with Celtic personnel as any coach in the league who is not on Doc Rivers’ staff. Not only did O’Brien coach the Celtics earlier this decade, he also coached Marquis Daniels in Indiana.

Here was O’Brien’s take on Pierce’s efficiency on offense:

“I don’t see a dramatic difference. He always seemed to me to have a calmness to his game. He felt confident that he could score on anybody in any situation.”

Where O’Brien does see a difference with Pierce is on the defensive end, where he is now surrounded by like-minded players.

As for Daniels, O’Brien is obviously still a big fan.

“He’s a great pick-up,” O’Brien said. “Marquis is a player who does very subtle things offensively. He has an uncanny understanding of how to move without the basketball.” Asked how Daniels will fit with the Celtics when he returns from his injury, O’Brien added, “Marquis will have no problem. He has an exceptionally high basketball IQ.”

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Daniels Abbreviated Travel Schedule at 7:07 pm ET
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BOSTON – Marquis Daniels will travel with the Celtics to Orlando tomorrow but does not expect to join the team for their West Coast road trip.

Daniels, who is recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb, will join the Cs for Friday’s game against the Magic. The trip is significant for the Orlando native because his family will be in the arena. He is also hosting a community event there.

“I’m very happy to go home and get the chance to see my mom,” he said prior to the Celtics-Pacers game. “My little brother’s home from college. My oldest brother will be there. My kids and my wife will be down there so it’ll be a good time.”

Daniels will receive final confirmation from the team on Wednesday but not anticipate he will travel with the Celtics for their three-game roadtrip, which kicks off Sunday in Los Angeles against the Clippers. He plans to return to Boston to continue his rehab. Daniels has been focusing on cardio and leg exercises. He has also been lifting free weights with his right hand.

Daniels is scheduled to be re-evaluated on January 8.

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Daniels to give back in Orlando 12.21.09 at 10:58 pm ET
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As part of his Q6 Foundation, Marquis Daniels is scheduled to help families in need on Wednesday in his hometown of Orlando. (The Celtics will play the Magic on Friday.) Daniels will present 25 pre-selected families with gift cards to purchase food, clothing, and toys for the holidays. The event will be held at the J.R. Smith Recreation Center.

Daniels formed the Q6 Foundation to provide funds for underprivileged children. The foundation also aims to raise awareness and funding for health issues, such as sickle cell anemia. Visit www.theq6foundation.com for more information.

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Daniels has surgery on left thumb 12.09.09 at 10:42 am ET
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Marquis Daniels could miss up to two months following surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.  The procedure was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and Dr. Drew Terrono.

Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game

Daniels confirmed the surgery on Wednesday and expressed his appreciation for support on his twitter account.

“Thanx 4 everyones prayers my surgery went well, I’ll be back better than before I had been, I’d like to say thanks to all dat prayed 4me,” Daniels tweeted.

Head coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine are expected to pick up the minutes for Daniels, who was second off the bench behind Rasheed Wallace. Daniels posted a season-high 10 points against Utah on Nov. 11.

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Daniels to get MRI 12.08.09 at 8:06 pm ET
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Marquis Daniels will have an MRI on his sore left wrist and thumb, along with some other tests, and will miss at least the next two games, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

“It’s been hurting for a good three weeks but that [Oklahoma City] game someone re-hit it and that’s just the way it is,” Rivers said.

Rivers added that Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine will pick up Daniels’ minutes while he heals his left hand while Daniels is expected to miss the next couple of games, at least.

“We’re not sure yet,” Rivers said. “We’re going to wait till [Wednesday]. I don’t think he’s going to play in the next couple of games for sure.

“A lot of things. I don’t think he’s been able to hold onto the ball. I think it’s affected Eddie [House] because early in the year, especially in preseason, Eddie was getting great shots off Marquis’ passes. He hasn’t had the ability to pass and I think that’s affected Eddie a lot.”

Rivers noticed something in practice on Sunday when Daniels was told to take a seat.

“The other day in practice, I blew the whistle and told him to sit down and let’s do something else because we could see it just wasn’t working,” Rivers said. ”Honestly, I’ve been watching him in practice. He tried to get a rebound with one hand when he needed both and you could see him protect it. He wouldn’t say anything, which is why he probably kept going. He kept saying it’s a little pain, it’s nothing big. So, we’ll find out. Hopefully, he’s right.”

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